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The Italian Social Republic
Republic
(Italian: Repubblica Sociale Italiana, pronunciation: [reˈpubblika soˈt͡ʃale itaˈljana]; RSI), informally known as the Republic
Republic
of Salò
Salò
(Italian: Repubblica di Salò, [reˈpubblika di saˈlɔ]), was a puppet state with limited recognition that was created during the later part of World War II, existing from the beginning of German occupation of Italy in September 1943 until surrender of German troops in Italy in May 1945. The Italian Social Republic
Republic
was the second and last incarnation of the Italian Fascist state and was led by Duce
Duce
Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
and his reformed anti-monarchist Republican Fascist Party
Republican Fascist Party
which tried to modernise and revise fascist doctrine into a more moderate and sophisticated direction. The state declared Rome
Rome
its capital, but was de facto centered on Salò
Salò
(hence its colloquial name), a small town on Lake Garda, near Brescia, where Mussolini and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were headquartered. The Italian Social Republic exercised nominal sovereignty in Northern and Central Italy, but was largely dependent on German troops to maintain control. In July 1943, after the Allies had pushed Italy out of North Africa and subsequently invaded Sicily, the Grand Fascist Council—with the support of King Victor Emmanuel III—overthrew and arrested Mussolini. The new government began secret peace negotiations with the Allied powers. When the Armistice of Cassibile
Armistice of Cassibile
was announced 8 September, Germany was prepared and quickly intervened. Germany seized control of the northern half of Italy, freed Mussolini and brought him to the German-occupied area to establish a satellite regime. The Italian Social Republic
Republic
was proclaimed on 23 September 1943.[2][4][page needed] Although the RSI claimed most of the lands of Italy as rightfully belonging to it, it held political control over a vastly reduced portion of Italy.[5] The RSI received diplomatic recognition from only Germany, Japan
Japan
and their puppet states. Around 25 April 1945, Mussolini's fascist republic collapsed. In Italy, this day is known as Liberation Day (festa della liberazione). On this day a general partisan uprising, alongside the efforts of Allied forces during their final offensive in Italy, managed to oust the Germans from Italy almost entirely. At the point of its demise, the Italian Social Republic
Republic
had existed for slightly more than nineteen months. On 27 April, partisans caught Mussolini, his mistress (Clara Petacci), several RSI ministers and several other Italian Fascists while they were attempting to flee. On 28 April, the partisans shot Mussolini and most of the other captives. The RSI Minister of Defense Rodolfo Graziani
Rodolfo Graziani
surrendered what was left of the Italian Social Republic
Republic
on 1 May, one day before that the German forces in Italy capitulated—this put a definitive end to the Italian Social Republic.

Contents

1 Context of creation 2 Foreign relations

2.1 Establishment by Nazi Germany 2.2 Territorial losses

3 Economy and war effort 4 RSI military formations

4.1 Army 4.2 Air Force 4.3 Navy 4.4 Paramilitaries

5 List of RSI ministers 6 Legacy

6.1 In post-war Italian politics 6.2 Stamps 6.3 In the arts

7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

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Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
rescued by German troops from his prison in Campo Imperatore on 12 September 1943

On 24 July 1943, after the Allied landings in Sicily
Sicily
on a motion by Dino Grandi
Dino Grandi
the Grand Fascist Council
Grand Fascist Council
voted a motion of no confidence in Mussolini. Mussolini's position had been undermined by a series of military defeats from the start of Italy's entry into the war in June 1940, including the bombing of Rome, the loss of the African colonies and the Allied invasions of Sicily
Sicily
and the southern Italian Peninsula. The next day, King Victor Emmanuel III dismissed Mussolini from office and ordered him arrested. By this time, the monarchy, a number of Fascist government members and the general Italian population had grown tired of the futile war effort which had driven Italy into subordination and subjugation under Nazi Germany. The failed war effort left Mussolini humiliated at home and abroad as a "sawdust Caesar". Under Marshal
Marshal
Pietro Badoglio, the new government began secret negotiations with the Allied powers and made preparations for the capitulation of Italy. These surrender talks implied a commitment from Badoglio not only to leave the Axis alliance, but also to have Italy declare war on Germany. While the Germans formally recognised the new status quo in Italian politics, they intervened by sending some of the best units of the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
to Italy. This was done both to resist new Allied advances and to face the predictably imminent defection of Italy. While Badoglio continued to swear loyalty to Germany and the Axis powers, Italian government emissaries prepared to sign an armistice at Cassibile in Allied-occupied Sicily, which was finalized on 3 September. On 8 September, Badoglio announced Italy's armistice with the Allies (although termed an "armistice", its terms made it akin to an unconditional surrender). German Führer
Führer
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
and his staff, long aware of the negotiations, acted immediately by ordering German troops to seize control of Northern and Central Italy. The Germans disarmed the Italian troops and took over all of the Italian Army's materials and equipment. The Germans also dissolved the Italian occupation zone in southeastern France and forced Italian troops stationed there to leave. The Italian armed forces were not given clear orders to resist the Germans following the armistice and so resistance to the German takeover was scattered and of little effect. King Victor Emmanuel made no effort to rally resistance to the Germans, instead fleeing with his retinue to the safety of the Allied lines. The new Italian government had moved Mussolini from place to place while he was in captivity in an attempt to foil any attempts at rescue. Despite this, the Germans eventually pinpointed Mussolini at the Campo Imperatore
Campo Imperatore
Hotel at Gran Sasso. On 12 September, Mussolini was liberated by the Germans in Operation Eiche in the mountains of Abruzzo, while the Italian carabinieri were allegedly placed under orders to not fire their weapons at the raiders, rendering them defenseless.[6] After being liberated, Mussolini was flown to Bavaria. Gathering what support he still had among the Italian population, his liberation made it possible for a new German-dependent Fascist Italian state to be created.

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Foreign relations[edit] Establishment by Nazi Germany[edit]

Italian Social Republic
Republic
poster saying: "Germany is truly your friend"

Three days following his rescue in the Gran Sasso
Gran Sasso
raid, Mussolini was taken to Germany for a meeting with Hitler in Rastenburg
Rastenburg
at his East Prussian headquarters. While Mussolini was in poor health and wanted to retire, Hitler wanted him to return to Italy and set up a new Fascist state. When Mussolini balked, Hitler threatened to destroy Milan, Genoa
Genoa
and Turin
Turin
unless he went along. Reluctantly, Mussolini agreed to Hitler's demands.[7] The Italian Social Republic
Republic
was proclaimed on 23 September, with Mussolini as both head of state and prime minister.[2][4][page needed] The RSI claimed Rome
Rome
as its capital, but the de facto capital became the small town of Salò
Salò
on Lake Garda, midway between Milan
Milan
and Venice, where Mussolini resided along with the foreign office of the RSI. While Rome
Rome
itself was still under Axis control at the time, given the city's proximity to Allied lines and the threat of civil unrest, neither the Germans nor Mussolini himself wanted him to return to Rome.[8] On 18 September, Mussolini made his first public address to the Italian people since his rescue, in which he commended the loyalty of Hitler as an ally while condemning Victor Emmanuel for betraying Italian Fascism.[7] He declared: "It is not the regime that has betrayed the monarchy, it is the monarchy that has betrayed the regime". He also formally repudiated his previous support of the monarchy, saying: "When a monarchy fails in its duties, it loses every reason for being...The state we want to establish will be national and social in the highest sense of the word; that is, it will be Fascist, thus returning to our origins".[7] From the start, the Italian Social Republic
Republic
was little more than a puppet state dependent entirely upon Germany.[8] Mussolini himself knew this; even as he stated in public that he was in full control of the RSI, he was well aware that he was little more than the Gauleiter of Lombardy.[4][page needed] The RSI had no constitution or organized economy, and its financing was dependent entirely on funding from Berlin.[9] German forces themselves had little respect for Mussolini's failed fascist movement, and saw the regime merely as a tool for maintaining order, such as repressing the Italian partisans.[10] This work was also carried out by the infamous Pietro Koch and the Banda Koch on Germany's behalf.[11] The RSI received diplomatic recognition from only Germany, Japan
Japan
and their puppet states. Even the otherwise sympathetic Spain refused to establish formal diplomatic relations with the RSI.[8] The RSI took revenge against the 19 members who had voted against Mussolini on the Grand Council with the Verona trial
Verona trial
(processo di Verona) which handed down a death sentence to all of the accused but one. Only six of the 19 were in RSI custody (Giovanni Marinelli, Carlo Pareschi, Luciano Gottardi, Tullio Cianetti, Emilio De Bono
Emilio De Bono
and Mussolini's own son-in-law Galeazzo Ciano). They (except for Tullio Cianetti who got a life sentence) were all executed on 11 January 1944 in the fort of San Procolo in Verona. Territorial losses[edit] The changing political and military situation re-opened questions regarding the status of Italian territories, particularly those with German-speaking majorites that were formerly under Austrian rule. Previously, Hitler had vigorously suppressed any campaigning for the return of lands such as South Tyrol
South Tyrol
in order to maintain good relations with his Italian ally. In the aftermath of the Kingdom of Italy's abandonment of the Axis on 8 September 1943, Germany seized and de facto incorporated some Italian territories.[5] On the other hand, Hitler refused to officially annex South Tyrol
South Tyrol
in spite of urging by local German officials and instead supported having the RSI hold official sovereignty over these territories and forbade all measures that would give the impression of official annexation of South Tyrol.[12] However, in practice the territory of South Tyrol within the boundaries defined by Germany as Operationszone Alpenvorland that included Trento, Bolzano
Bolzano
and Belluno
Belluno
were de facto incorporated into Germany's Reichsgau Tirol-Vorarlberg
Reichsgau Tirol-Vorarlberg
and administered by its Gauleiter
Gauleiter
Franz Hofer.[5][13] The region identified by Germany as Operationszone Adriatisches Küstenland that included Udine, Gorizia, Trieste, Pola and Fiume
Fiume
were de facto incorporated into Reichsgau Kärnten
Reichsgau Kärnten
and administered by its Gauleiter Friedrich Rainer.[14] On 10 September 1943, the Independent State of Croatia
Independent State of Croatia
(NDH) declared that the Treaties of Rome
Rome
of 18 May 1941 with the Kingdom of Italy were null and void and annexed the portion of Dalmatia
Dalmatia
that had been annexed from Yugoslavia to the Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Italy
in the Treaties of Rome.[15] The NDH attempted to annex Zara that had been a recognized territory of Italy since 1919, but Germany did not allow the NDH to do so.[15] Because of these actions by the NDH, the RSI held the NDH in contempt and refused to have diplomatic relations with the NDH or to recognize its territorial claims.[15] After the Italian capitulation, the Italian Aegean Islands were occupied by the Germans (see Dodecanese campaign). During the German occupation, the islands remained under the nominal sovereignty of the RSI, but were de facto subject to the German military command.[16] The Italian concession of Tientsin
Italian concession of Tientsin
in China was ceded by the RSI to the Japanese puppet Wang Jingwei
Wang Jingwei
regime. Economy and war effort[edit]

War flag
War flag
of the Italian Social Republic

Mussolini inspecting fortified positions, 1944

Territory of the Italian Social Republic
Republic
throughout its lifespan

During the existence of the Italian Social Republic, Mussolini, whose government had banned trade unions and strikes, began to make increasingly populist appeals to the working class. He claimed to regret many of the decisions made earlier in supporting the interests of big business and promised a new beginning, if the Italian people would be willing to grant him a second chance. Mussolini claimed that he had never totally abandoned his left-wing influences, insisting he had attempted to nationalize property in 1939–1940, but had been forced to delay such action for tactical reasons related to the war.[17] With the removal of the monarchy, Mussolini claimed the full ideology of Fascism
Fascism
could be pursued and to gain popular support reversed over twenty years of Fascist support of private property and relative economic independence by ordering the nationalization of all companies with over 100 employees.[18] Mussolini even reached out to ex communist Nicola Bombacci
Nicola Bombacci
to help him in spreading the image that Fascism
Fascism
was a progressive movement.[18] The economic policy of the RSI was given the name "Socialization" and Mussolini had even considered the idea of calling his new republic the “Italian ‘Socialist’ Republic”.[19] In practice, little resulted from the declared socialization of the economy. Unions did not exert real control of their management and took no part in state planning (as they had the power to do on paper after the socialization). The Italian industrial sector was excluded from the new reforms by the Germans and Italian industrialists were opposed to the changes in any case. The Italian labor force (large parts of which had remained leftist despite fascist rule) regarded socialization as a sham and responded with a massive strike on 1 March 1944.[8] In Greece, while the government of the Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Italy
surrendered and many Italian soldiers in the Aegean were tired of the war and had become opposed to Mussolini, Italian Fascist loyalists remained allied to Germany in the Greek campaign. In September 1943, General Mario Soldarelli rallied Fascist Blackshirts
Blackshirts
and Italian soldiers loyal to Mussolini to continue the war, along with military men who felt it was dishonorable to turn on an ally and with those who had developed comradely feelings toward the Germans. German forces in Greece convinced 10,000 Italians in the Aegean to continue to support their war effort.[20] In 1944, Mussolini urged Hitler to focus on destroying Britain rather than the Soviet Union, as Mussolini claimed that it was Britain which had turned the conflict into a world war and that the British Empire must be destroyed in order for peace to come in Europe.[21] Mussolini wanted to conduct a small offensive along the Gothic Line
Gothic Line
against the Allies with his new RSI Divisions; in December 1944, the Alpine Division "Monte Rosa" with some German battalions fought the Battle of Garfagnana with some success. As the situation became desperate with Allied forces in control of most of Italy and from February 1945 resumed to pushing the Axis forces to North of Gothic Line,[22] Mussolini declared that "he would fight to the last Italian" and spoke of turning Milan
Milan
into the "Stalingrad of Italy", where Fascism
Fascism
would make its last glorious fight.[23] Despite such strong rhetoric, Mussolini considered evacuating Fascists into Switzerland, although this was opposed by Germany, which instead proposed that Mussolini and key Fascist officials be taken into exile in Germany.[23] Further disintegration of support for his government occurred as fascist and German military officials secretly tried to negotiate a truce with Allied forces, without consulting either Mussolini or Hitler.[24] RSI military formations[edit] Women volunteers served in uniform as noncombatants in paramilitary units and police formations (Servizio Ausiliario Femminile). The commander was the brigadier general Piera Gatteschi Fondelli.[25][26] Army[edit] Main article: Esercito Nazionale Repubblicano

RSI soldiers, March 1944

RSI soldiers deployed to the Battle for Anzio

RSI soldier with signature "M" monogram on lapels and wearing a "samurai" magazine-holding vest for his Beretta MAB
Beretta MAB
SMG

RSI soldier cleaning his weapon (Gothic line, 1944)

Smaller units like the Black Brigades
Black Brigades
(Brigate nere) led by Alessandro Pavolini and the Decima Flottiglia MAS
Decima Flottiglia MAS
led by Junio Valerio Borghese (called "principe nero", the Black Prince) fought for the RSI during its entire existence. The Germans were satisfied if these units were able to participate in anti-partisan activities. While varying in their effectiveness, some of these units surpassed expectations. In March 1944, the bulk of the 1st Italian volunteers Storm Brigade were sent to the Anzio beachhead where they fought alongside their German allies, receiving favorable reports and taking heavy losses. In recognition of their performance, Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
declared the unit to be fully integrated into the Waffen SS.[27] On 16 October 1943, the Rastenburg
Rastenburg
Protocol was signed with Nazi Germany and the RSI was allowed to raise division-sized military formations. This protocol allowed Marshal
Marshal
Rodolfo Graziani
Rodolfo Graziani
to raise four RSI divisions totalling 52,000 men. In July 1944, the first of these divisions completed training and was sent to the front. Recruiting military forces was difficult for the RSI as most of the Italian Army had been interned by German forces in 1943, many military-aged Italians had been conscripted into forced labour in Germany and few wanted to participate in the war. The RSI became so desperate for soldiers that it granted convicts freedom, if they would join the army and the sentence of death was imposed on anyone who opposed being conscripted.[28] Autonomous military forces in the RSI also fought against the Allies including the notorious Decima Flottiglia MAS of Prince Junio Valerio Borghese. Borghese held no allegiance to Mussolini and even suggested that he would take him prisoner if he could.[28] During the winter of 1944–1945, armed Italians were on both sides of the Gothic Line. On the Allied side were four Italian groups of volunteers from the old Italian army. These Italian volunteers were equipped and trained by the British. On the Axis side were four RSI divisions. Three of the RSI divisions, the 2nd Italian "Littorio" Infantry Division, the 3rd Italian "San Marco" Marine Division and the 4th Italian Monterosa Alpine Division were allocated to the LXXXXVII "Liguria" Army under Graziani and were placed to guard the western flank of the Gothic Line
Gothic Line
facing France. The fourth RSI division, the 1st Italian "Italia" Infantry Division, was attached to the German 14th Army in a sector of the Apennine Mountains thought least likely to be attacked.[29] On 26 December 1944, several sizeable RSI military units, including elements of the 4th Italian "Monterosa Division" Alpine Division and the 3rd Italian "San Marco" Marine Division, participated in Operation Winter Storm. This was a combined German and Italian offensive against the 92nd Infantry Division. The battle was fought in the Apennines. While limited in scale, this was a successful offensive and the RSI units did their part. The RSI military was under the command of General Alfredo Guzzoni while Field Marshal
Marshal
Rodolfo Graziani, the former governor-general of Italian Libya, was the RSI's Minister of Defense and commander-in-chief of the German Army Group Liguria. Mussolini, as Duce
Duce
and head of state of RSI assumed supreme command over all military forces of the RSI. In February 1945, the 92nd Infantry Division again came up against RSI units. This time it was Bersaglieri
Bersaglieri
of the 1st Italian "Italia" Infantry Division. The Italians successfully halted the United States division's advance. However, the situation continued to deteriorate for the Axis forces on Gothic Line.[30] By mid-April, the final Allied offensive in Italy had led German defenses to collapse. In the end of that month, the last remaining troops of RSI were bottled up along with two Wehrmacht Divisions at Collecchio by 1st Brazilian Division being forced to surrender after some days of fighting.[31][32][33] On 29 April, Graziani surrendered and was present at Caserta when a representative of German General Heinrich von Vietinghoff-Scheel signed the unconditional instrument of surrender for all Axis forces in Italy, but since the Allies had never recognised the RSI Graziani's signature was not required at Caserta.[34] The surrender was to take effect on 2 May; Graziani ordered the RSI forces under his command to lay down their arms on 1 May. Air Force[edit] Main article: Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana The National Republican Air Force (Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana or ANR) was the air force of Italian Social Republic
Republic
and also the air unit of National Republican Army in World War II. Its tactical organization was: 3 Fighter Groups, 1 Air Torpedo Bomber Group, 1 Bomber Group and other Transport and minor units. The ANR worked closely with German Air Force (Luftwaffe) in Northern Italy, even if the Germans unsuccessfully tried to disband the ANR forcing its pilots to enlist in the Luftwaffe. In 1944, after the withdrawal of all German fighter units in the attempt to stop the increased Allied offensive on the German mainland, ANR fighter groups were left alone and heavily outnumbered to face the massive Allied air offensive over Northern Italy. In the operation time of 1944 and 1945, the ANR managed to shoot down 262 Allied aircraft with the loss of 158 in action.[35][36][37] Navy[edit] Little of the Regia Marina
Regia Marina
(Royal Italian Navy) joined the RSI. This was because the bulk of the Italian navy was ordered to steam to Malta at the time of the armistice, out of reach of the Germans and the RSI. The RSI's National Republican Navy (Marina Nazionale Repubblicana or MNR) only reached a twentieth the size of the co-belligerent Italian fleet.[38] The RSI Navy largely consisted of nine motor torpedo boats (two large and seven small), dozens of MTSM small motor torpedo boats and MTM explosive motorboats.[39] The National Republican Navy also operated fifteen CB-class midget submarines (ten in the Adriatic and five in the Black Sea) and one larger submarine, CM1.[40] Troops of the Decima Flottiglia MAS
Decima Flottiglia MAS
(elite Italian frogman corps) fought primarily as a land unit of the RSI. Some of the naval personnel at the BETASOM
BETASOM
submarine base in Bordeaux remained loyal to Mussolini. Paramilitaries[edit] The fall of the Fascist regime in Italy and the disbandment of the MVSN saw the establishment of the Republican National Guard (Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana or GNR), the Republican Police Corps (Corpo di Polizia Repubblicana) and the emergence of the Black Brigades
Black Brigades
(brigate nere). The GNR consisted of former MVSN, carabinieri, soldiers, Italian Africa Police
Italian Africa Police
and others still loyal to the Fascist cause, while the Republican Police Corps was the successor agency of the Public security complex formed by the Directorate of Public Security and the Public Security Agents Corps. The Black Brigade was formed from the new fascist party members both young and old. Both units fought alongside Nazi and Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS) counterparts in an extensive anti partisan war. The Black Brigades
Black Brigades
committed many atrocities in their fight against the Italian resistance movement
Italian resistance movement
and political enemies. On 15 August 1944, the GNR became a part of the Army. List of RSI ministers[edit]

Eagle with fasces, symbol of the Italian Social Republic

Many RSI ministers did not live past the end of World War II.

Head of state and Minister of Foreign Affairs: Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
from 1943 to 1945 (shot by partisans on 28 April 1945)

Undersecretary, Minister of Foreign Affairs: Serafino Mazzolini from 1943 to 1945 (died of a blood infection on 23 February 1945); Filippo Anfuso

Minister of Defence: Rodolfo Graziani
Rodolfo Graziani
from 1943 to 1945 Ministers of the Interior: Guido Buffarini Guidi
Guido Buffarini Guidi
from 1943 to 1945 (shot by partisans on 10 July 1945); Paolo Zerbino in 1945 (shot by partisans on 28 April 1945) Ministers of Justice: Antonino Tringali-Casanova in 1943 (died of natural causes on 30 October 1943); Piero Pisenti from 1943 to 1945 Minister of Finance: Domenico Pellegrini Giampietro from 1943 to 1945 Ministers of Industrial Production: Silvio Gai in 1943; Angelo Tarchi from 1943 to 1945 Minister of Public Works: Ruggero Romano from 1943 to 1945 (shot by partisans on 28 April 1945) Minister of Communications: Augusto Liverani from 1943 to 1945 (shot by partisans on 28 April 1945) Minister of Labour: Giuseppe Spinelli in 1945 Minister of National Education: Carlo Alberto Biggini
Carlo Alberto Biggini
from 1943 to 1945 (died of natural causes on 19 November 1945) Minister of Popular Culture: Fernando Mezzasoma from 1943 to 1945 (shot by partisans on 28 April 1945) Minister of Agriculture: Edoardo Moroni from 1943 to 1945 Leader of the Republican Fascist Party: Alessandro Pavolini
Alessandro Pavolini
from 1943 to 1945 (shot by partisans on 28 April 1945)

1945 RSI passport, consular issue from Berlin

Legacy[edit] In post-war Italian politics[edit] While the RSI supported the Nazi Germany, it allowed the Italian Fascist movement to build a completely totalitarian state. During the preceding twenty years of Fascist association with the Savoy monarchy of the Kingdom of Italy, the Fascists had been restricted in some of their actions by the monarchy. The formation of the RSI allowed Mussolini to at last be the official head of an Italian state and it allowed the Fascists to return to their earlier republic stances. Most prominent figures of post-war Italian far-right politics (parliamentary or extraparliamentary) were in some way associated with the experience of the RSI. Among them were Filippo Anfuso, Pino Romualdi, Rodolfo Graziani, Junio Valerio Borghese, Licio Gelli
Licio Gelli
and Giorgio Almirante. Stamps[edit] A number of postage stamps were issued by the Republic
Republic
of Salò: first Italian issues were overprinted with a fasces and later locally produced ones were made.[41] In the arts[edit] Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
is an adaptation of Marquis de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom, set in the Republic
Republic
of Salò
Salò
instead of 18th century France. It uses the source material as an allegory; the atrocities in the movie did not actually happen, while most of the choices of milieus, clothing, uniforms, weapons and other details are historically correct. Roberto Benigni's 1997 Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful
is also set in the Republic of Salò. Bernardo Bertolucci's 1976 Novecento set his story in Emilia, being at the time a province of the Italian Social Republic, even though this is never mentioned in the movie. Wild Blood tells the true story of the Fascist film stars Luisa Ferida
Luisa Ferida
and Osvaldo Valenti and their support for the Republic. Futurist writer/poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, a Mussolini loyalist who had helped shape Fascist philosophy, remained in the RSI as a propagandist until his death from a heart attack at Bellagio in December, 1944.[42] See also[edit]

Italy portal World War II
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Fascism
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29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Italian) Decima Flottiglia MAS Esercito Nazionale Repubblicano Italian Civil War National Republican Guard (Italy) Republican Police Corps (Italy)

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Bosworth, R.J.B. Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915–1945 (2007) Gat, Moshe. "The Soviet Factor in British Policy towards Italy, 1943–1945," Historian (1988) 50#4 pp 535–557 Knox, MacGregor. Common Destiny: Dictatorship, Foreign Policy, and War in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
(2000) Maximiano, Cesar. with Bonalume, Ricardo N. & Bujeiro, Ramiro. Brazilian Expeditionary Force
Brazilian Expeditionary Force
in World War II. Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2011. ISBN 9781849084833 (Print version). Morgan, Philip. The Fall of Mussolini: Italy, the Italians, and the Second World War (2007) Moseley, Ray. Mussolini: The Last 600 Days of Il Duce
Duce
(2004) Smith, D. Mack. Modern Italy: A Political History (1997) online

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